Ex-TFC Academy keeper Chad Bush joins Ottawa Fury

Chad Bush

Ex-TFC Academy goalkeeper Chad Bush will spend the summer with the PDL’s Ottawa Fury.

The Fury announced the signing of Bush on Wednesday. The keeper — who was at Toronto FC’s training camp in the spring along side Stefan Frei, Milos Kocic and Quillan Roberts — plans to attend Duke University in the spring.

But, unlike ex-TFC Academy players like Stefan Vukovic, Michael Petrasso, Dylan Carreiro or Keven Aleman, Bush isn’t lost to the Reds. A Fury official told The 11 that while Bush is no longer with the MLS team’s academy, TFC still retain Bush’s MLS rights.

“I am ecstatic to be able to say we are signing Chad Bush,” said Fury head coach Stephen O’Kane in a release. “He has been with TFC’s academy and has really excelled for them…

“Chad already handles and carries himself like a pro which is impressive for someone his age,” O’Kane added. “He has tremendous ability and there is no doubt in my mind we will be reading about Chad playing at a higher level in the future.”

Bush was named to Canada’s roster for the U-17 World Cup in 2011, and is part of the U-20 plans for 2013. But Bush played behind Roberts and Maxime Crepeau.

Roberts was just promoted from TFC Academy to the senior roster, where he will back up Kocic, as Frei has been lost for most, if not all, of the season due to a broken leg and damaged ligaments.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.